What a gorgeous day in Linz, Austria. Again, as was the case yesterday, Scenic Jasper offered several complimentary tours. Some of the guests headed off for a full-day excursion to the Czech Republic, where they would explore the 13th-century town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Others headed to Salzburg, the setting for “The Sound of Music” and birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Me? I straddled a saddle for one of the best bike rides yet, but since I’ve written extensively about biking on Scenic Jasper, I thought I’d focus on a topic everyone seems to appreciate: food.
First, a little backstory. I’m traveling with a group of journalists and top travel sellers on Scenic Jasper. We’re here to take part in christening ceremonies in Vienna on Tuesday. We’re an experienced group of travelers who can be skeptical and hyper-critical. Our job is observe the fine details that make or break travel experiences for our readers or the clients of travel sellers who are with us.
I’m not the greatest food critic. I enjoy almost any food that I can lift to my lips. So I’m not your best source for telling you if the food was good, great or orgasmic. Some of my colleagues have discerning palates, however. What I am hearing from them and from the travel sellers over and again is that the dining experience on Scenic Jasper is done exceptionally well. The dining outlets are varied (there’s the Crystal Dining Room, Portobello, Table Le Rive, the River Café and room service), the cuisine is well presented and tasteful, and the service — well, let’s just say that the travel sellers on board are comparing it to Crystal Cruises, and service, as experienced cruisers know, doesn’t get any better than that.
So what and where can you eat on Scenic Jasper? Here’s a roundup in photos of my experience so far.
Breakfast, Coffee & Tea
There are three options for breakfast: room service, the River Café and the main dining room, called the Crystal Dining Room.
Guests on deck three may order a full breakfast delivered to their rooms, as well as those in the Junior Suites on deck two. Those in other categories of staterooms may order coffee or tea delivered to their rooms. After breakfast, 24-hour room service is available for all guests. The 24-hour room service menu features such items as green salads, Minute Steak, burgers, Club Sandwich and more.
The River Café, situated in the Jasper Lounge, also serves up breakfast. I enjoy the tranquil setting, with a table by the window, watching the rippling of the river as Scenic Jasper motors upstream in the mornings.
The Crystal Dining Room serves up a little of all that you would expect from a fine hotel breakfast: omelets and eggs cooked to order, cereals, fruits, yogurts, toast, fresh-squeezed orange juice and more. Breakfast is served buffet-style.
Lunch, Two Options (Three Counting Room Service)
Like breakfast, there are three options for lunch: room service, the River Café and the Crystal Dining Room.
Captain’s Gala Farewell
Our evening started a champagne toast in the Jasper Lounge during the Captain’s Gala Farewell reception.
Table La Rive
After the Captain’s Gala Farewell, our press group headed downstairs to enjoy dinner at Table La Rive. The six-course set menu is paired with wines and available only to guests on deck three and those in Junior Suites on deck two. Table La Rive is situated in a section of the Crystal Dining Room. The cuisine and service was about as good as I’ve experienced anywhere.
Early in the week, I had dinner at Portobello. The Italian-themed restaurant is situated on the main deck, in front of the Jasper Lounge. Folding doors open to the front deck, though I am uncertain as to whether they will be used for al fresco dining.
Working Off The Calories
After all that great food, you may feel the need to burn a few calories. In addition to the electric-assist bikes, which I have written about extensively, you’ll find a well-equipped fitness center on Scenic Jasper.